Hundreds to attend Mar-a-Lago fundraiser despite crowd warnings

Big Dog Ranch Rescue will not cancel its annual Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club, in response to the coronavirus pandemic but guests will be encouraged to “refrain from shaking hands, hugging or kissing.”

Hours after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested that cities consider limiting large gatherings — more than 250 people — to curb the spread of coronavirus, a local dog-rescue charity said it is moving forward with a sold-out fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago expected to draw over 700 people including President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue, the nation’s largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue based in Loxahatchee Groves, will not cancel its annual Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser at the president’s private club on Saturday despite other charities calling-off events in Palm Beach and the town canceling four public meetings.